Tom R

Tom R

Rocky Mountains

Tom R's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Tom R's Bio

I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, I write award-winning operas, I manage time efficiently. Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row.

I woo women with my sensuous and godlike trombone playing, I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook Thirty-Minute Brownies in twenty minutes. I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru.
Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by the Mets, I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I'm bored, I build large suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays, after school, I repair electrical appliances free of charge.

I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I don't perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I receive fan mail. I have been caller number nine and have won the weekend passes. Last summer I toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal-force demonstration. I bat 400. My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust me.

I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire dining room that evening. I know the exact location of every food item in the supermarket. I have performed several covert operations for the CIA. I sleep once a week; when I do sleep, I sleep in a chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to me.

I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I participate in full-contact origami. Years ago I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down. I have made extraordinary four course meals using only a mouli and a toaster oven. I breed prizewinning clams. I have won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the Kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I have performed open-heart surgery, and I have spoken with Elvis.

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Tom R wrote a review of on October 30, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Another good meal from Mountain House. It's a good idea to cook it a little longer than the suggestion, because every time I've stuck with the suggested time my noodles come out a little north of soft.

Personally, I prefer some of their other meals over this one but this is a great option to keep you from running on empty.

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Tom R wrote a review of on October 30, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I finally picked this up after suffering many a freezing night in low-quality inexpensive bags and eyeing my dad's Western Mountaineering bag with envy every morning.

My dad has had this bag for 15 years and it still looks like the day he bought it. As a testament to their timelessness, when I got mine and laid it next to his they were exactly the same, just a different color on the back. The down quality, stitching and fill are all the same, and rightfully so. They make a great bag and haven't lowered the quality of their materials over time like many of their competitors.

Keep it up, Western Mountaineering. You're a great American company.

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Tom R wrote a review of on October 30, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's hard to go wrong with a stylish knit of heavy duty wool. The inside is lined with fleece so you're not itching all day, and it's sure to keep you warm all night.

I have a pretty big head and the fit was fine. Looks great on men and women.

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Tom R wrote a review of on September 20, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been super happy with these shoes. I've tried out a few pairs of minimalist shoes, and they all seem to give me blisters after six miles except these. These fit my feet really well.The band across the front is great, and helps the shoe stay put. I like it, and I hope New Balance keeps that around in future models.

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Tom R wrote a review of on September 20, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using this for the past six months and I love it. It's vacuum insulated, so the cold stuff stays cold forever. Like they mentioned before though, the insulation takes up some of the room, so you end up with not a lot of space for your beverage. 16oz is plenty for me though. You heavy drinkers might want to consider sizing up...

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Tom R wrote a review of on September 13, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had been using an older CamelBak bladder forever, since I prefer it over other bladders. I got some new Antiodote bladders to put in some new backpacks, and I love them!

The divider is awesome. It prevents it from sitting awkwardly in your pack like a balloon, and makes it easier to handle.

The Quick-snap cap that tightens with just a quarter turn is great, and saves my thumb from the pain of trying to screw caps on.

Bottom line: Awesome product. You will definitely be happy with it.

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Tom R wrote a review of on September 13, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This has been a great backpack for ultralight hiking or trail running. It's got just enough room for a light jacket and some small accessories when the bladder is completely full.

Some of the material on this feels weak, but that's primarily because they're trying to shave weight. The straps are a little flimsy and the waist strap isn't meant to support a lot of weight for a long time, but it's great for minimalist use.

Bottom line: You can't beat CamelBak. They make a great hydration pack. This is one of them.

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Tom R wrote a review of on June 18, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're way into shaving weight and ultralight biking. This is not the lock for you. It's hefty, and would make a great weapon against potential bike thieves as mentioned above.

That said, it does a great job of protecting bikes! It's inexpensive, portable, and easy to take on or off.

If price is more of an issue to you than weight, then get it!

Update: After several months of use, I have to say I really like this lock. It's still heavy as can be, but definitely makes me feel secure.

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Tom R wrote a review of on June 1, 2012

4 5

These board shorts are schnazzy. The 22 inch inseam means they come right down on my knee, unlike most other board shorts which stay above it. The trend among board shorts recently is getting shorter, but I'm a fan of longer board shorts because my thighs aren't much for the ladies.

The H2 Repel coating is great. It beads water away quickly and dries faster than other shorts. It's nothing like Billabong's PX1, but it does the job better than other shorts. It's likely that the H2 Repel coating will wear off in years of use and abuse, but you're more likely to rip your shorts gaining weight before then, right?

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Tom R wrote a review of on May 30, 2012

3 5

These Aerial7 Chopper2 headphones are the recent edition of Aerial7's original Chopper headphones. Not much changed as far as the build goes from last year, just a few new colors for this season.

The headphones are basically what you pay for. The build is not as solid as some of the higher-end headphones and the bass is a little weak compared to some of the more expensive models, but overall they get the job done and leave you smilin' because you have sick tunes pumpin' in your ears.

The style is sweet. You can't beat lookin' like you're riding copilot in a Black Hawk while you're walking around campus. Who knows, maybe you'll even get air force recruiters on your tail pleading you to be their new poster boy.

Yeah, you'll look that good.

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Tom R wrote a review of on May 25, 2012

5 5

I got this bike for hauling my carcass to and from the bus stop and around campus, and it does the job great. I quickly swapped the hub to freewheel so I can coast easier.

There is only one break on this puppy, and they put it in the front, so the risk of an endo is imminent once you get above a certain speed. Luckily the frame is equipped for rear brakes, and by getting some you'd ensure yourself against a head-over-handlebars incident.

Since the frame is steel, it's a bit heavier than your high-end road bikes, but you get what you pay for. It's meant to be a inexpensive minimalist commuter bike that will stand up to the daily grind, and it does an awesome job at it!

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